Here is video of Syrian Dictator Bashir al-Assad delivering a speech in public in Damascus today. Assad was defiant, saying he is fighting terrorists and foreigners trying to take over the country. Assad also thanked Russia, China, and Iran for their support:
UK GUARDIAN: Bashar al-Assad has pledged to continue fighting “terrorist” violence and urged foreign countries to end support for his enemies while also offering a national dialogue and a constitutional referendum to end Syria’s bloody crisis.
The Syrian president used an hour-long speech in Damascus on Sunday to propose what he called a comprehensive plan that included an “expanded government”. But there was no sign he was prepared to step down as the first stage of a political transition – a demand of all opposition groups. “I will go one day, but the country remains,” he said.
The Syrian leader referred repeatedly to plots against his country and the role of al-Qaida, long portrayed as the leading element in what began as a popular uprising in March 2011. Syria was not facing a revolution but a “gang of criminals”, he said.
“We are now in a state of war in every sense of the word,” the president told supporters. “This war targets Syria using a handful of Syrians and many foreigners. Thus, this is a war to defend the nation.”
It was hard to see how his latest speech offered even a glimmer of hope for a way out of the bloody impasse between the regime and rebels in a conflict which the UN said last week had claimed 60,000 lives over 21 months. . . Assad also thanked Russia, China and Iran for supporting Syria in the face of hostility from the US, Britain and France. . . .Read More
At around the 2:30 mark of this video from Fox News’ “Special Report” on Friday, Charles Krauthammer gives his view that within three months, Syrian Dictator Bashar al-Assad will be “dead.” Krauthammer responded to a question as to whether Assad would be in exile, still President, or dead within three months. He believes Assad’s own military people will turn on him and kill him in the near future.
Terrorists with Weapons of Mass Destruction appears to be a likely outcome of what is going on in Syria right now:
DANGER ROOM: The Bashir Assad regime in Syria is loading of some of its weapons with deadly nerve agents, and mixing together the chemical precursors needed to carry out a sarin-laced attack. But that may not be the biggest chemical threat Syria faces. There’s also an increasing chance that a terror group might get its hands on some of the planet’s most gruesome chemical arms.
Assad’s chemical corps have spent years buying up and experimenting with the chemicals needed to make the nerve agent sarin; not even an increasingly bloody civil war has kept the labs from running. Today, Syria-watchers in the U.S. government believe, these chemical engineers may be skilled enough in handling sarin that the nerve agent might remain deadly for up to a year. (“This is not a ‘move it or lose it’ situation,” one American official tells Danger Room.) And during that time, the sarin could be acquired by one of the Islamic extremists working in the loosely led rebel movement to topple the Assad regime. In other words: There’s the prospect of chemically armed terrorists emerging from the Syrian civil war.
“Uncertainties regarding this crisis are pervasive, yet at least one outcome is highly probable: terrorist acquisition of chemical weapons if the regime falls,” writes Federation of American Scientists analyst Charles Blair. . . . Read More
With the specter of a possible chemical Weapons attack by Syrian Dictator Bashar al-Assad on the horizon, it makes you think of the Chemical Weapons attack launched by Saddam Hussein against the Kurds in Iraq back in 1988. Here is a video report from the BBC just days after that horrific attack that killed thousands of people. The attack came during the closing days of the long Iran-Iraq War. Saddam reportedly used Cyanide, Mustard, and Nerve Gas chemicals in the attack that decimated the Iraqi city of Halabja.
Reports last night and today indicate Syria has now loaded the precursor chemicals for Sarin Gas into aerial bombs that could be dropped from fighter-jets onto the Syria people. So far, the bombs do not appear to have been loaded into the fighter-jets, and Dictator Bashar al-Assad has not yet given the final order to use the weapons against rebels trying to drive him from power:
NBC NEWS: The Syrian military is prepared to use chemical weapons against its own people and is awaiting final orders from President Bashar Assad, U.S. officials told NBC News on Wednesday.
The military has loaded the precursor chemicals for sarin, a deadly nerve gas, into aerial bombs that could be dropped onto the Syrian people from dozens of fighter-bombers, the officials said.
As recently as Tuesday, officials had said there was as yet no evidence that the process of mixing the “precursor” chemicals had begun. But Wednesday, they said their worst fears had been confirmed: The nerve agents were locked and loaded inside the bombs.
Sarin is an extraordinarily lethal agent. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s forces killed 5,000 Kurds with a single sarin attack on Halabja in 1988. . . . Read More
The Obama Administration has warned Syria that any use of Chemical Weapons against the Syrian people will bring about a response from the United States. “This is a red line for the United States,” warned Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. There are reports that Syria is moving chemical weapons into place for possible use against Syrian Rebels threatening the regime of Syrian Dictator Bashar al-Assad.
Here is raw video of Israeli tanks firing at targets in Syria in response to mortar attacks from there that landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.
NBC NEWS: Israel’s army fired tank shells into Syria on Monday and scored “direct hits” on “Syrian mobile artillery” in response to a Syrian mortar shell that struck the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, the Israeli military said in a statement.
It was the second time in two days that Israel has responded to what it said was errant Syrian fire. On Sunday the military said it had a fired a “warning shot” across the disengagement line, while on Monday it said it had fired back at “the source”. The Syrian shell landed on Monday in an open area of the Golan Heights without causing any damage or injuries. It was not immediately clear if anyone was hit by the Israeli response.
The strikes on Sunday and Monday were the first direct shots Israel has taken at Syria since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. It comes amid increased rocket fire from Gaza over the past few days. . . . Read More